Surfs Like A Girl is a two part project that will tell the story of Bethany Hamilton as never seen before in a full-length feature film. At this stage we plan to do a two-phase release. The high-performance sports section will release in Spring 2015 and then we will package it together with the documentary section that will be completed in Fall 2015.
Locations will include Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives and Indonesia. Plus with your support we can add even more amazing surf destinations to the list!
Part one is an adrenalin-pumping and compelling technical sports performance film that showcases Bethany's precision skill and passion for navigating some of the best reef breaks and big waves around the globe. Many people know Bethany for her incredible recovery from a tiger shark attack ten years ago in Hawaii and for her philanthropic efforts and motivational speaking events worldwide, but first and foremost she is a professional surfer - and one of the best in the world. Part one is full of surprises and we guarantee that your heart will be racing and that you will not be disappointed!
Part Two is a documentary that charts Bethany's journey from pre-shark attack days to her pro-surfing life today. This section is about creating a personal relationship with our audience and taking them behind the scenes and into her private life - emotionally, spiritually and physically. An intimate video portrait that reveals a side of Bethany that you have never seen before. Bethany wanted to show her athleticism and technical ability on the waves but also to create a bond with viewers that would encourage them to fiercely pursue their dreams and kick bootie in the water, on the court, in the classroom or wherever their passion takes them.
WHERE WE ARE AT SO FAR
As a supporter we will keep you updated on all aspects of the project. It is truly a fascinating process to watch a documentary film unfold and we encourage you strongly to be a part of our journey and our community. Follow along with 'supporter only' updates and ask questions along the way - we love being connected to our supporters and are eternally grateful for your belief in this project.
Making a documentary of this length that also follows Bethany worldwide is a deep financial investment and takes thousands of production hours to organize, film and edit. We have been fortunate so far to secure some financial backing from Bethany's lead sponsor, Rip Curl, along with a few other private investors. This has essentially kickstarted our campaign and allowed us to capture epic footage in two surf locations abroad, and in Bethany's home state of Hawaii. The documentary content is constantly building and we are always ready to capture those intimate moments that cannot be planned or scripted - the moments that provide a unique portal into Bethany's world. We still have a long way to go but we will push through to complete this journey and bring you an incredible film!
WHAT KICKSTARTER FUNDS WILL
BE USED FOR
Costs add up very fast and a film like this takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete. From travel to production equipment, from music licensing to publicity & distribution and everything in between. Our Kickstarter goal of $60K is a modest one and the BARE MINIMUM we need to ensure we can finish the filming component of the movie. The reality is that to do this right, and recover some of our expenses, we need much more. Predominantly our Kickstarter funds will help us cover direct filming costs and travel expenses to get to each of our epic destinations. Additional funds raised beyond our goal will be added to our existing funding (which is getting low quickly) and to any additional funding that we secure privately in coming months. Every dollar beyond our initial $60K goal will be used towards our post-production costs and documentary content. It's simple - more money raised equals 1. the option to add more jaw-dropping surf destinations 2. better film equipment 3. additional aerial footage as drones and helicopters are amazing but expensive 4. more choice in music licensing 5. post-production editing costs 6. money to assist with marketing and distribution 7. film festival submissions so we can share Bethany's compelling story and technical surfing skills with the WORLD!
Large investors are ideal in many situations but it often also means that they will want to have a say in how the project is executed. Although we have a few larger investors, like Rip Curl, they have been very respectful of our vision and supported our choices and direction with this project so far. We are not willing to take on an investor if it means we would have to relinquish some our creative control - so that's where YOU, our wonderful fans and supporters, come in!
Right now we are working directly with Bethany to ensure her skill and life is brought to the screen with integrity and truth - in her true voice, unscripted and incredibly powerful. Please help us raise these funds so we can continue to do this. We have created some fantastic REWARDS to say THANK YOU for your support and for belief in our project. We invite you to be part of our journey and our 'Surfs Like A Girl' community!
As part of our campaign we also invite you to #IGotIt on social media so we can follow along with your dreams and successes too!
Risks and challenges
High performance sports films undoubtedly carry several risks and challenges.
Most quality films in any genre are considerably expensive to shoot, and high performance sports films are certainly no exception to the rule. They rely on captivating footage that draws the audience into the screen and invites them to be part of the action. So much of our film depends on incredible footage that makes the viewer feel like they are right there with the athlete.
Camera Gear: To obtain the best footage we will be shooting almost exclusively on RED cameras (with some GoPro), utilizing a range of camera techniques that will include hand held, classic tripod, dollies and finally a drone camera for our stunning aerial footage. With the ability to rent the best equipment we promise to deliver a visually rich and compelling surf film that will leave you in awe and ready to grab anything surfable so you can hit the next wave!
Travel: Travel for Bethany, her assistant and our film crew can add up fast. Flights, car hire, accommodation, meals.
Music: A hidden cost most people are unaware of. Great music can be very expensive and difficult to license and in sports film music plays and integral role in supporting the on-screen action. Luckily we have plenty of experience with licensing music and great partners to work with but negotiating final contracts and costs can increase a budget rapidly.
Nature is definitely in control when it comes to surfing. Inclement or flat weather can mean that schedules need to be adjusted last minute. This can result in filming delays that may effect our final release date and push it back a little further than planned. It also means we need to use precious funding to pay for flight changes, cancellations, or local costs while we wait for the perfect waves to arrive.
Although we are confident we will get all the footage we need for this incredible project - the truth is that some things are out of our control and we must adjust our plans accordingly incurring more costs and possible delays.
3. SICKNESS, INJURY or UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
Let's hope this is not an issue, but let's also face the fact that we are not dealing with a controlled environment. Constant traveling can wear you down and make you more vulnerable to sickness which can result in delays or fees to change travel dates. As a high performance sports film, we run the risk of physical injury to either Bethany directly or the camera crew when they are filming in precarious situations that are needed to get certain shots or angles. We will go to almost any length to get the perfect footage!!
No matter what delays we face, with your help we promise to deliver a truly inspiring and jaw-dropping surf performance film and documentary on Bethany Hamilton.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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